There are aspirants who clear the numerical ability and do well in the reasoning section but fail to clear the English section. There are others, who ace the Reading Comprehension part but fail to logically answer other sections. To qualify for SBI Clerk Prelims 2021, one needs to have a balanced percentage in all the sections to clear the cut-off.
Hence, having a proper understanding of numerical ability topics for the SBI Clerk and other bank exams is as important as other sections.
The important topics of numerical ability in SBI Clerk are titled Quantitative Aptitude. The questions of Quantitative Aptitude, like several other questions, are application-based questions. The questions will not be direct but will try to check the conceptual clarity of the aspirant by giving analytical questions.
This can come with a lot of practice and clear understanding. The first step in this process is understanding the syllabus, what you are expected to know, and how much you are expected to know.
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List of Numerical Ability Topics in SBI Clerk Prelims
The important topics for Numerical Ability in the SBI Clerk exam are covered within the Mathematics syllabus of Grade XII. But, as mentioned earlier, the application of these concepts in answering questions, is the key to clearing the questions on the Quantitative Aptitude section. The topics for this section are as follows:
- Number Series
- Quadratic Equations
- Time and Work
- Time, Speed, and Distance
- Profit and Loss
- Simple and Compound Interest
- Ratio and Proportion
- Number system
- Surds and Indices
- Boats and Streams
- Permutation and Combination
- Mixtures and Alligations
- Pipes and Cisterns
- Data Interpretation- including Tables, Pies, Charts, Bar Graphs, and Line Graphs
Marks Distribution for SBI Clerk Prelims Numerical Ability
While appearing for a competitive examination, one needs to have a good understanding of one’s strengths and weaknesses and the requirement for the examination. In these competitive examinations, one need not come first or second to clear the exam; but clear the cut-off. In this case, a smart strategy for clearing the exam would be to prepare oneself.
Focus on the topic which has a good weightage of questions in the examination, and give lesser attention to the relatively unimportant topics.
For the selective studies the following table, indicating the average weightage of questions from a particular topic will become useful.
Number of Questions
Time and Work
Time, Speed and Distance
Profit and Loss
Simple and Compound Interest
Ratio and Proportion
Surds and Indices
Boats and Streams
Permutation and Combination
Mixtures and Alligations
Pipes and Cisterns
Based on the above data, if an aspirant prepares oneself objectively- prioritize the more important areas as compared to the other one; the result is bound to be positive. It is essential to have clarity on the numerical ability concepts and then use the numerical ability tricks to prepare effectively and accurately.
This way time can also be managed and the preparation will not be cumbersome.
Tricks to Prepare Numerical Ability in SBI Clerk
On average, about 35 questions appear from numerical ability each holding one mark. The ideal time to finish these questions is 18-20 mins. What is important to remember is that there is a negative marking of ¼ for every question. But, as mentioned earlier, the level of Mathematics is only up to Grade XII which is neither too simple nor too difficult.
Looking at the time of 60 minutes for the entire paper, one needs to have the right amount of speed to answer the questions. Since the number of questions is limited and there is negative marking, one needs to get the questions accurately right. Some aspirants are very accurate but take more time to finish.
Alternatively, some aspirants finish quickly but make lots of mistakes- neither of the two would work as both speed and accuracy are important. Moreover, in order to get the speed and accuracy right, one needs to go through a great amount of practice.
This can be done in two steps-
- Practice the topics individually, one by one. Do as many questions and cover the different variants in that topic
- When all topics are individually covered, write a mock test within the time limit and mark yourself to take care of speed and accuracy.
This two-step method may sound simple but often becomes challenging in the second step. One needs to be able to identify the gaps in understanding a particular topic if there are repeated mistakes and practice enough to be well-versed with answering all types of questions. Start with the easy types of questions and then move on to the more difficult questions.
As for the second step, one needs to understand the type of questions that aspirants are expected to answer faster and other questions that require slightly more time. For example, Number series questions should be completed in 30-40 seconds; whereas geometry, mensuration, etc. can take a little more time.
Data interpretation questions can be attempted faster with a greater amount of practice. Once the concepts are clear, you can work on short-cuts
Some topics require the memorization of formulas and steps. It is important to ensure that it is practiced enough to be imprinted in the minds. Also, aspirants often get over-ambitious and prepare themselves for the difficulty level of questions. This doesn’t help because often they would overthink for even moderate level of questions and end up losing marks.
People who fear Numerical ability, often leave some questions which they are unable to attempt. This is a mistake because Numerical Ability constitutes an important section as the other ones as clearing sectional cut-off is important.
Like other competitive examinations, there is pressure to clear the SBI Clerk examination and the challenge lies in clearing the topics of Numerical ability in the SBI Clerk Preliminary examination. One needs to be focused, sincere and hardworking to appear for the paper, answering questions accurately and within time.
One needs to be honest about their strengths and weaknesses and work on the areas that require attention. Once the concepts are understood well, one should practice SBI Clerk Mock Tests rigorously and prepare strategies for examination. Time yourself and ensure you stick to it. Get expert advice on your results and ways to improve performance.
Every new test should be progressive and should reflect improvement.
What aspirants often forget in this race is that at the end of the day it is an examination. It is not a test for life and will not determine success or failure. It is very important to be level headed during the course of the preparation and also after the completion of the test. If you qualify, don’t get over-confident; if you don’t qualify, don’t get under-confident.
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